Aloha Daughters of the Goddess!
We are going into a time of fertility and prosperity of the Earth, which is a perfect time to Celebrate Laksmi. Laksmi is a Goddess of abundance as well as Spiritual prosperity. In Daughters of the Goddess Temple we are fortunate to have a community that openly celebrates the Goddess and Womyn’s lives, which is rare in our world.
Celebrate Laksmi Hindu Goddess of Fertility,
Abundance, Prosperity, Beauty & Health.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Sun in Taurus and New Moon in Taurus
Concord locale/Directions given upon RSVP
$30 or $15 for first time attendee
See participation page for series packages
Laksmi is the Hindu Goddess of Wealth, Love, Beauty, Grace, Happiness and Abundance. The name Laksmi is derived from the Sanskrit word “Laky”, meaning ‘aim’ or ‘goal’, and She is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, both material and spiritual. Laksmi means Good Luck. She has many other names including: The Lotus Goddess, Daughter of the Ocean of Milk (Ksirabdhitanaya), Ocean Born (Jaladhija), Lotus (Padma), Lotus Bearer (Padmavati) and Jaganmata (the Mother of the Universe). Laksmi is the Goddess the household and women. She is worshiped daily. Her main festival is Diwali, the Festival of Lights, in which small diyas (earthen oil lamps) are placed all around the periphery of the house in order to welcome Her into the homes.
Laksmi is depicted as a beautiful young woman with four hands, sitting or standing on a full-bloomed lotus and holding a lotus bud. The lotus stands for beauty, purity, and fertility. Her four hands represent the four ends of human life: dharma or righteousness, kama or desires, artha or wealth, and moksha or liberation from the cycle of birth and death. She always wears gold embroidered red cloths. Red symbolizes activity and the golden embroidery indicates prosperity.
Patricia Monaghan tells us that “ancient India did not erect temples to this Goddess, for why try to contain the one who embodies Herself in all forms of wealth? Laksmi is everywhere: in jewels, in coins, in rare shells, in every child born to welcoming parents, and particularly in cows.” Some myths say that Laksmi existed from all time, floating before creation on a lotus; for this She is called Padma (‘lotus-Goddess’), whose symbol became the sign for spiritual enlightenment. But the most well known story of Laksmi was birth from the churning ocean, riding a Lotus Blossom, baring gifts and blessings and bringing renewal to the world. Shinning like a million stars, as Laksmi rode in upon Her Lotus Blossom, She delighted and dazzled all the Gods with Her radiant beauty.
Celebrating Laksmi in the Daughters of the Goddess Temple is an annual event. We do a money pouring ritual that was passed down to us by our Elder Luisah Teish – who we just spent amazing time with in New Orleans on a Sacred Pilgrimage. With the New Moon and Sun in Taurus it is a prefect time to celebrate Laksmi to call in what we want to manifest.
For the Ritual please wear Gold, Red or Green. Remember a wide mouth jar with a tight fitting lid and loose change, any oils or ingredients you want add to the money water. Please bring a gold, white or green candle, your checkbooks and wallets, business plans, and/or any other financial items that you want action on or blessed. For the altar bring pictures and Symbols of Laksmi. Some of Laksmi’s symbols include elephants, water, gold coins and rice. Holly and Basil are sacred to Laksmi. Bring something from nature for the altar that you don’t plan to take home-a plant, flower, fruit branch, etc.
In the spirit of giving, of prosperity and abundance, please bring a tithe of 5 bills (of any denomination) wrapped in gold cord or ribbon. This tithe will be donated to two womyn who are needing assistance and our community support energetic. Paris, Kahuna Leilani’s sister, who is a single parent raising a beautiful young man. And Chris, Patrice’s sister, who is battling breast cancer.
If you still have remaining Money Water from a previous ritual, please use the water to bless your house, office, front steps, computer, money altar and/or the Earth. Give the remaining money in the jar a good rinse, giving Her thanks and praise for the magick She has brought you. Bring the left over money to the ritual or spend it on something special for your magickal practice.
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